ABFF Content Pipeline Initiatives

For more than two decades, the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) has produced content pipeline initiatives to support the next generation of writers, directors and producers in the film and television industry. These initiatives identify up-and-coming as well as experienced artists with unique points of view that build upon the festival’s commitment to telling stories that reflect the vast diversity of our audiences.

Through its partnership with Jeff Friday Media (JFM) and other major production companies and distributors, Black and Brown artists are introduced to the industry at large and receive financial grants, development/production support and distribution for their work. The following is a summary of the 2021 Content Pipeline Initiatives:

CATEGORY ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA SUMMARY
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DEADLINE
ABFF TV Series Initiative

Open to U.S. and international writers/directors/producers of African descent.

Entrants must be 18 years old or older.

TV series concepts must be in the English language.

Submission to include:

  1. a 1-3 page original TV series treatment (.pdf file)
  2. an 8-10 episode series bible (.pdf file)
  3. the screenplay of your pilot episode, no more than 60 pages in length (.pdf file)
  4. a signed ABFF TV Series Initiative Release Form

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Download Release Form

Rolling deadline December 31

ABFF Feature Screenplay Initiative

Open to U.S. and international writers/directors of African descent.

Entrants must be 18 years old or older.

Screenplays must be in the English language, in the comedy, horror or thriller genre.

Submission to include:

  1. an original feature screenplay 99-119 pages in length (.pdf file)
  2. a one-page treatment and one paragraph synopsis of the film (.pdf file)
  3. a look book (a visual reference of the creative vision for the film) (.pdf file)
  4. a directors reel (a link to a standard digital video file, protected by a password)
  5. a signed ABFF Feature Screenplay Initiative Release Form

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Download Release Form

Rolling deadline December 31